Monday, January 22
“Loneliness does not come from being alone, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important.”
– Carl Jung
Words are powerful. They effect the way we think, the way we feel, even the way we view things. In this era, we can connect ideas near the speed of light. Communication is at an all time. We are hearing each other, but are we speaking the same language?
We connect to the words we use, meaning we have learned in schools and from peoples usage around us. But we also connect an emotional connotation from our personal experiences and relations to the words. “Red” might mean love or passion to some, and anger or violence to others. “Moist” might make some mouths water, while it sets others teeth on edge.
The words around discussing Sex are no different. Since the subject of sex has been veiled by euphemisms, double talk, and sly “entendres”, and confused by shifting medical and legal jargon. Impassioned discussions and frank discussions often seem to become quickly heated while everyone feels unheard and dismissed. But cut through the heated emotion, you will often find people saying many of the same things in different words and phrases. Other times you will find people just don’t understand points of view because their understanding of the definitions and experiences of certain words is limited.
How do we get past the hurdle of subjective language and really communicate?